November 27, 2012 – The Manhattan School of Music Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Vice President Marjorie Merryman as the School’s Interim President, effective immediately. At MSM, Vice President Merryman currently serves as Vice President for Academics and Performance, where she oversees composition, voice, opera and contemporary music as well as all academic related areas. In addition, she has been a member of the School’s composition faculty since 2007.
Manhattan School of Music Board Chairman Peter Robbins said, “We are delighted that Vice President Merryman will be assuming the role as Manhattan School of Music’s Interim President. She has exemplified herself as a leader of extraordinary talent in her time at MSM by appointing new faculty, creating new programs, and strengthening existing areas such as the School’s cutting edge Contemporary Performance Program. Most recently she was instrumental in creating the School’s first-ever exchange with Hong Kong, working with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to bring the Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival to New York City. Along with her strong leadership and administrative skills, Vice President Merryman is also an esteemed composer. She is the ideal person to lead Manhattan School of Music during this time of transition.”
Marjorie Merryman, in addition to serving as Vice President for Academics and Performance at Manhattan School of Music, is an esteemed composer. She has been commissioned and performed throughout the United States and in many countries in Europe and Asia. Her catalogue includes orchestral, choral, vocal and chamber music, as well as an opera and two oratorios. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walter Hinrichsen Award, the League of Composers/International Society for Contemporary Music, the WBZ Fund for the Arts, Composers-Inc (Lee Ettelson Award) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Endowment for the Arts – Meet the Composer program. She has been Composer-in-Residence of the New England Philharmonic and the Billings (MT) Symphony Orchestra, and has served on the boards of the New England Composers’ Orchestra, the Lily Boulanger Foundation, and many others. Her works are published by C.F. Peters, E. C. Schirmer, APNM, and G. Schirmer; and recorded on the Koch and New World labels.
Merryman’s music has been critically acclaimed. A recent review in The Washington Post described her work as “an artistic treasure.” Richard Buell (Boston Globe) praised her orchestral piece Windhover Fantasy as “quietly majestic” while Lloyd Schwartz hailed it as “a memorable, moving piece that ought instantly to enter the concert repertoire” (Boston Phoenix). The work recently received its New York premiere as part of the 9/11 ten-year commemoration.
Marjorie Merryman teaches on the composition faculty of Manhattan School of Music, where she also serves as Vice President, overseeing the academic areas as well as composition, voice, opera and contemporary performance. A California native, she holds a PhD in Composition and Theory from Brandeis University. She taught for 23 years at Boston University and has also taught at Harvard, New England Conservatory and Macalester College. She resides in New York City.
Robert Sirota served as Manhattan School of Music’s president from October 1, 2005 through October 2012, stepping down to pursue his career as a composer fulltime. Manhattan School of Music is working closely with consultants Catherine French of the Catherine French Group and Mary Carlson of the Arts Executive Search to name a new president.
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Manhattan School of Music is a preeminent international conservatory of music granting Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Founded in 1918 by pianist and philanthropist Janet Schenck, the School is dedicated to the personal, artistic and intellectual development of its students, who range from the precollege through the postgraduate level. Offering both classical and jazz training, Manhattan School of Music trains students in performance and composition and provides a core curriculum in music theory, music history, and humanities.